After Years of Dreaming and Months of Planning, the First Thrangu Tsedrup was Conducted at KTD

Good fortune abounded at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in November.
After years of dreaming and months of planning, the first Thrangu Tsedrup (“Tsedrup” means “long-life practice”) was conducted at KTD.
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Lodro Nyima Rinpoche
More than 40 lamas from all over the world participated. Principal among them was Lodro Nyima Rinpoche from Thrangu Monastery in China, where the Thrangu Tsedrup (with its unique melodies and rituals, including Lama Dancing) has been carefully practiced and preserved for more than a century.
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From left, Tsunma Tsering, Tsunma Drolkhar, Lama Karma Drodhul, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, Lodro Nyima Rinpoche, Lama Tobden and Lama Namse. Photo by Allison Carlson
Accompanying Lodro Nyima Rinpoche was Umdze (Chant and Ritual Master) Lama Tobden and Choppon (Shrine and Ritual Master) Lama Namse, as well as Lodro Nyima Rinpoche’s sister, Tsunma Tsering. The Thrangu Monastery experts helped KTD lamas learn the core shrine rituals for the practice, and then led seven days of practice of the Tsedrup, known as “The Ayu (Longevity) Sadhana of Conjunct Means and Wisdom,” written in the 17th Century by Yonge Mingyur Dorje.
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Lama Lodu Rinpoche
Also attending was Lama Lodu Rinpoche from the Kagyu Droden Kunchab dharma center in San Francisco, and Lama Yeshe Losal from Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. Lama Yeshe Losal, KTD’s original house manager from the 1970s who did five years of solitary retreat at KTD under the guidance of Abbot Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, was specially honored during the assembly.
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Lama Yeshe Losal. Photo by Robert Hansen-Sturm
Centerpiece for the program was a magnificent gold-leafed mandala shrine, which Khenpo Karthar RInpoche said was designed by none other than His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. It was filled with beautiful tormas made for the occasion by the Thrangu Monastery team and Lama Choenyi from Karme Ling.
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The week included several offerings each day in honor of specific lamas or centers; Lodro Nyima Rinpoche presented a beautiful offering of giant auspicious emblems and other shrine objects.
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We also have short transcripts of remarks by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche honoring Lama Yeshe Losal, as well as Khenpo Rinpoche’s comments at the conclusion of the event.
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There were special melodies and thrilling music each day of the sadhana; lama dancing was not part of the event, but it is hoped to be added in the future.
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche said the Tsedrup is a yearly event at Thrangu Monastery, and people come from miles around to receive its blessings. It’s thought that attending the Tsedrup helps to remove obstacles for the coming year, so many people make a yearly pilgrimage to attend it.
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There is much to celebrate here; we hope you enjoy our galleries of photos and are inspired to dedicate the merit and goodness of all who attended. Karmapa Khyenno! May all beings benefit!
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